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May 15, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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May 15, 2015

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President Obama promised Persian Gulf nations that the U.S. will come to their defense against any external attack and that any final deal signed with Iran will cut off the Islamic Republic’s path to a nuclear weapon.

The U.S. House passed legislation Thursday that would let Congress review any nuclear deal the U.S. reaches with Iran.

As a June 30 deadline approaches for a nuclear deal with Iran, the fate of four Americans imprisoned or missing in the Islamic Republic hangs over the talks and has provoked a debate on Capitol Hill.

The California State Senate approved a controversial bill that seeks to do away with vaccination exemptions based on religion and personal belief for parents seeking to enter their children in public schools.

Not only does Hillary Rodham Clinton want to be the first woman elected president, she also wants to see a woman gracing an American banknote. On Thursday, she voiced her support for an online campaign that aims to put a woman on the $20 bill by 2020, the centennial of women’s suffrage.

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Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared earlier this week while on a relief mission in the earthquake-hit Himalayan nation, and officials said it was unlikely there were any survivors from the crash.

Missouri House Speaker John Diehl said Thursday that he is resigning from the Legislature after acknowledging that he exchanged sexually suggestive text messages with a college student serving as a Capitol intern.

A 14-year-old cystic fibrosis patient, who made international news by pleading with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to be allowed to end her own life, has succumbed to her illness.

Islamic State fighters took over the main government compound in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Friday, giving them nearly full control over Anbar’s provincial capital.

A handful of Miami Beach police officers sent hundreds of racially offensive and pornographic emails and possibly jeopardized dozens of criminal cases in which they are witnesses, the department’s chief said Thursday.

The last intact section of one of Antarctica’s mammoth ice shelves is weakening fast and will likely disintegrate completely in the next few years, contributing further to rising sea levels.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards fired warning shots Thursday at a Singapore-flagged commercial ship in the Gulf that had collided recently with an Iranian oil rig, US officials said Thursday.

Colorado is slogging through a wetter than normal spring, with heavy rains restoring much-needed moisture to parched rangeland and sending some rivers over the banks. But the precipitation isn’t helping dry downstream states in the Southwest that rely on the Colorado River.

Police in eastern India have arrested one person and are searching for 14 others after a couple who had eloped together were beaten to death and cremated by relatives as a crowd looked on.

Syria’s army dispatched reinforcements to Palmyra in a bid to push back jihadists who advanced Friday to within touching distance of the ancient city, officials and a monitor said.

The U.S. has spent years leading negotiations toward an international treaty that would make it easier for single parents worldwide to collect child-support payments. But families across the country could be stuck with the cumbersome existing system after legislators in Idaho rejected the deal because, they said, it could allow Islamic law to influence American courts.

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More than 700 migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar have been rescued from a sinking boat off Indonesia’s coast. Reports say another boat was turned back by the Indonesian navy. The fate of another vessel of stranded migrants off the coast of Thailand is unclear after it was towed out of Thai waters.

President Obama has said the US must invest more in its infrastructure, in the wake of a train derailment in Philadelphia that claimed eight lives.

The US State Department has said that US and Cuban negotiators will meet next Thursday to discuss re-establishing embassies in each other’s capitals.

Two young men have been shot dead during a student protest in Chile. Local media reported that they had been spraying graffiti on a wall and were shot by the son of the owner of the property.

A report on violence in Brazil says around 42,000 people were shot dead in 2012 – the highest figures for gun crime in 35 years. The study, by the UN and the government on the most recent available data, said almost all the deaths were murders. More than half of those killed were young men under the age of 30 – two-thirds were described as black.

Russia plans to introduce new powers to prosecute foreigners whose activities are seen as “undesirable” on national security grounds.

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Officials at one York County high school have had a change of heart about not allowing a student to display his American flag on the bed of his truck after dozens of students, community members held a peaceful protest.

The official Swedish coordinator against violent extremism is more worried today than a year ago. Children are playing the ISIS game in preschool.

A joint exercise of Fort Bragg special operations troops and sheriff’s deputies in Richland County, South Carolina that’s due to wrap Friday has set the Internet on fire, with bloggers and watchdogs – already upset with the looming Jade Helm 15 military training mission set for seven states this summer – decrying what they perceive as a Posse Comitatus violation.


Top News – 5/15/2015

Russian, Chinese Warships Enter Mediterranean to Hold Joint Naval Drills

A group of Russian and Chinese warships have left the Black Sea and entered the Aegean Sea to hold their first ever joint naval exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.   

Apostate Pastor Rick Warren And Elton John Hold Hands In Congress, Joke About Kissing Each Other
Warren said that theirs would be “the kiss heard round the world” Laodicean church pastor Rick Warren appeared in Congress with pop icon and outspoken homosexual Elton John on Wednesday to ask for more money for AIDS research. They were clearly having such a good time that they started holding hands…   

Saudis View Obama With Increasing Disdain
The Saudis and Bahrain, like the Israelis, are deeply concerned by the U.S. effort to create a new détente with Iran. The president may have thought he could essentially replace the Saudis with Iran as the lynchpin of a new Middle East strategic vision without paying a price. But the Saudis understandably want no part of this. The result will be a region made even more dangerous by the Arabs, as well as the Israelis, coming to the realization that they can’t rely on Washington.   

Recognize the Legitimate Rights of Self-Determination Now!!
Friends, Comrades, Zionists! It is time we acknowledge Alaric I and his descendents as the true and rightful rulers of the Vatican. As you recall, the good Alaric took control of the Vatican on August 24, 410 CE, and turned it into a city of Visigoths. Ever since then, the rights of the Visigoths to self-determination and freedom in the Vatican have been denied by Church authorities. But these rights to the eternal city are eternal and must at long last be acknowledged.   

Saudi Arabia Promises to Match Iran in Nuclear Capability
For a president who came to office vowing to move toward the elimination of nuclear weapons, the Iran deal has presented a new dilemma.   

Israeli sources: Israel willing to accept Iran deal for US compensation
Sources in Jerusalem have now realized that instead of continuing to fight a lost cause, Israel has another route that could help secure its interests – namely, asking the US for compensation in the form of expensive weapons or other favors.   

Greece replaces Finance Minister Varoufakis as lead in debt talks
The Greek government has given Financial Relations Minister Euclid Tsakalotos the lead in negotiating with international creditors. The Syriza-led coalition says the team headed by Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has failed to produce results.   

El Niño near-certain to last through summer: U.S. climate center
The El Niño climate phenomenon is almost certain to last through the Northern Hemisphere summer, the U.S. weather forecaster said, raising the chance of heavy rain in the southern United States as well as South America, and scorching heat in Asia that could devastate crops of thirsty food staples like rice. El Niño also reduces the likelihood of a busy hurricane season, which lasts from June to November and can disrupt energy operations in the Gulf of Mexico.   

Nebraska declares state of emergency in bird flu outbreak
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts declared a state of emergency on Thursday, after federal agriculture officials confirmed a second farm site had tested positive for the rapidly spreading avian flu virus. The declaration follows earlier, similar actions by governors in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, whose states have all been hard hit by the ongoing bird flu outbreak that has led to the culling of more than 33 million birds in 16 U.S. states.   

GLANCING BLOW ON MAY 17
NOAA forecasters estimate a 45% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on May 17th when a CME is expected to deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field.   

4.6 earthquake centred near Seddon rocks central NZ
A strong earthquake measuring 4.6 has hit Marlborough. GeoNet is reporting it was located 5km south east of Seddon, south of Blenheim followed by a 3.3 located 30km east of Turangi. The quakes hit shortly after 5.30pm.   

Israeli sources: Israel willing to accept Iran deal for US compensation
The US Congress will not be able to stop a nuclear deal with Iran from being signed, according to recent assessments by sources in Israel’s Foreign Ministry, the intelligence community and AIPAC… Sources in Jerusalem have now realized that…Israel has another route that could help secure its interests – namely, asking the US for compensation in the form of expensive weapons or other favors.   

ICANN sees privatization of Internet management soon
The head of the nonprofit group that oversees the world’s Internet addresses expressed confidence Thursday that it would be privatized and out of US government control by year’s end. Fadi Chehade’s comments came despite criticism in the US Congress, where some lawmakers have resisted the plan to end Washington’s key management role in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).   

Syria conflict: IS advances on ancient ruins of Palmyra
Palmyra, one of the archaeological jewels of the Middle East, is said to be under threat from Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria. The jihadists seized buildings on the eastern edge of the adjacent city of Tadmur on Thursday, but their push was reportedly halted by the Syrian army. Syria’s antiquities chief warned that if IS seizes the Unesco World Heritage site it will destroy everything there.   

Islamic State releases ‘al-Baghdadi message’
Islamic State (IS) has released an audio message it says is from its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which if confirmed would be the first in months. The message urges Muslims to emigrate to the “caliphate” it has proclaimed in areas of Syria and Iraq. A reference to the Yemen conflict means it is recent.   

Abbas sets preconditions for new Netanyahu government to return to peace talks
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas added preconditions to restarting the peace talks with Israel. …Abbas called for the halt of all construction in the West Bank and for the immediate release of Palestinians that were imprisoned before the Oslo Accords who were supposed to be released in 2014. He also said that peace talks will not resume unless he is guaranteed that they will last a full year.   

Huge ice shelves in Antarctica are close to ‘complete disintegration’
The last intact section of one of Antarctica’s mammoth ice shelves is weakening fast and will likely disintegrate completely in the next few years, contributing further to rising sea levels, according to a NASA study released on Thursday.   

At least 12 dead after attack on Nigeria’s Maiduguri city
At least six civilians and six members of a youth vigilante group were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on Nigeria’s northeastern city Maiduguri, two military sources said on Thursday. The attack was reported late on Wednesday in Maiduguri, which is the capital of Borno state and the birthplace of the Islamist jihadi group.   

Syria’s circle of hell
The Syrian conflict entered its fifth year this March, a fact barely registered around the world. Syria may not have entirely disappeared from the radars of the world community and world powers but the focus and direction of their engagement has certainly shifted. The international focus is no longer on the unprecedented humanitarian crisis that the Syrian people have been battling or the continuing, appalling atrocities and crimes of the Baathist regime in Damascus. Nearly 300,000 Syrians have lost their lives and almost half of the country’s desperate population has fled to take refuge in neighbouring countries like Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. Many more are risking their lives to reach more distant and attractive options in the west.   

Brazil gun killings rise to highest level in 35 years
A report on violence in Brazil says around 42,000 people were shot dead in 2012 – the highest figures for gun crime in 35 years. The study, by the UN and the government on the most recent available data, said almost all the deaths were murders. More than half of those killed were young men under the age of 30 – two-thirds were described as black.   

IS leader urges Muslims to move to ‘caliphate’: recording
The leader of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Thursday urged Muslims to emigrate to his self-proclaimed “caliphate”, in the jihadist supremo’s first audio recording in six months.   

The Greatest Water Crisis In The History Of The United States
What are we going to do once all the water is gone? Thanks to the worst drought in more than 1,000 years, the western third of the country is facing the greatest water crisis that the United States has ever seen. Lake Mead is now the lowest that it has ever been since the Hoover Dam was finished in the 1930s, mandatory water restrictions have already been implemented in the state of California, and there are already widespread reports of people stealing water in some of the worst hit areas. But this is just the beginning.  


Top Headlines – 5/15/2015

Abbas: France trying to restart Mideast peace talks 

Abbas sets preconditions for new Netanyahu government to return to peace talks 

Obama: Israel-Palestinian two-state solution ‘vital’ for peace 

In Camp David homage, Obama says Israeli-Palestinian peace ‘seems distant now’ 

PLO: We will not resume negotiations until a deadline for end of Israeli ‘occupation’ is set

Obama challenges new cabinet’s commitment to peace

New Netanyahu gov’t stresses desire for peace with Palestinians

Netanyahu’s fourth government is sworn in after appointments cause chaos

Israeli government anti-Semitism conference endorses net censorship

Israel hawks to Pope Francis: Stay out of politics

Pope Francis to Canonize First ‘Palestinian Saints’

Israeli Arabs, Palestinians to protest Friday on ‘Nakba Day’ 

Israel says it foiled Palestinian terror attack in east Jerusalem

Palestinian confesses to W. Bank car-ramming attack, video of incident released

50 wounded by blast inside Hamas training camp in Gaza, including children 

China to sell Jordan missile-firing drones after Obama says no to helping ally

Obama: US helping to investigate reports of chlorine in bombs in Syria 

Obama not drawing ‘red line’ with Assad, amid new allegations of chemical weapons use

Hamas: ISIS has no foothold in the Gaza Strip, only exists on Internet

IS leader urges Muslims to move to ‘caliphate’: recording

Syria says ISIS will destroy ancient ruins if it takes Tadmur

‘It Was Either I Kill My Cousin or He Kills Me;’ 13-Year-Old Boy Shares Story of Being Forced to Fight for ISIS

Scotland Yard sees terror threat as hundreds of Britons return from Syria

Iranian security agents are all over Kurdish areas

Iran Fires on Singapore-Flagged Tanker in Strait of Hormuz: U.S. Officials

US House passes bill for Congress to review Iran nuclear deal

Hosting rare summit, Obama pitches Iran accord to Arab powers

US, Gulf nations agree Iran nuclear deal is in their security interests 

Obama to Gulf leaders: US would stand with them against attacks 

The Saudis just went nuclear on their Obama snub

Saudi Arabia vows to set off new Middle East arms race and ‘match Iran’s nuclear capability’

Iranian official says Saudi king ‘traitor to Islam,’ iterates support for Assad 

Saudi Arabia prepares to hang opposition Shia cleric amid large protests

Taliban claim attack on Afghan guesthouse that killed 11

Libya’s slide into chaos 

Eight killed, 7 of them children, in rocket strike in Libya’s Benghazi 

At least 12 dead after attack on Nigeria’s Maiduguri city

More than 800 migrants land in Indonesia and Thailand in growing regional crisis

Russia-US Dialogue Elevated, But Ukraine Tensions Remain 

Brazil gun killings rise to highest level in 35 years

Big Spring Landowners Paid to Accommodate Jade Helm, Says Mayor

ICANN sees privatization of Internet management soon

The Secret World of Tinder: are we really all technosexuals?

Your Life, and Your Future, Predicted by Data

As Google deploys new robot cars on city streets, DMV scrambles to finish self-driving rulebook

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Jiwani, Pakistan

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Vallenar, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Iwaki, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Amahusu, Indonesia

Nepal’s devastating earthquake underlines the risks of China’s Tibet dam-building binge

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 13,000ft

Mount Etna Spews Lava in Latest Eruption

Typhoon Dolphin to Slam Guam With Destructive Winds, Flooding Friday

Climate Change, Drought Likely Means Marijuana Grown In California Will Be More Potent

Forget Calories, Count Chemicals: Top Doctor

Ex-college wrestler guilty of infecting, exposing gay sex partners to HIV at Missouri university 

A woman claiming to be an ‘Ambassador for God’ is suing all gay people

Survey fail – Christianity isn’t dying: Ed Stetzer

Orrel Steinkamp – The “New Model” Gospel

The Gospel of the Kingdom

Dear Church: An open letter from one of those millennials you can’t figure out

The Rise of the Feminine Church of Eden


10 Pictures That Show How America Is Becoming A Lot Like Nazi Germany

 

Prison Fence - Public DomainThe history books tell us about how evil and wicked the Nazis were, so why aren’t we more alarmed that the United States is becoming more like Nazi Germany with each passing day?  More than three years ago, I wrote an article entitled “25 Signs That America Is Rapidly Becoming More Like Nazi Germany” which got a ton of attention.  Unfortunately, nothing has gotten better since I first published that piece.  Government control freaks are still watching us, tracking us, recording our phone calls and monitoring our emails.  TSA thugs at our airports are still fondling the private parts of our women and children and laughing while they do it.  Our police and our military are still training for civil unrest and martial law in America.  And even though our politicians are socializing our economy and destroying our constitutional freedoms, the American people keep sending most of them back to Washington time after time.  It is an incredibly sad thing to watch the country that you love slowly die right in front of your eyes. (Read More…)


The Catholic Church Has Gone Socialist

Since we published our article, “Catholic Church Captured by ‘Progressive Forces,’ [1]” it is starting to dawn on many in and out of the media that Pope Francis has come down on the side of the “progressive,” and even Marxist, forces in the world today. Writing at the Blaze.com and commenting on the pope’s friendly meeting with Cuban dictator Raul Castro, Catholic writer Stephen Herreid [2] of the Intercollegiate Review called the pope’s dealings with Castro and other Marxists “a new Catholic scandal” as significant and terrifying as the presence of pedophiles in the church. He wonders [3]…

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Vatican Facilitates Russia’s Designs on the Middle East

Pope Francis has formally recognized [1] a Palestinian state, even though it does not exist. While the media have noted that the Vatican’s curious action has created some controversy, there has been little discussion of whether “Palestinians” actually do exist, where the modern-day concept of a “State of Palestine” came from, and which major power benefits from the creation of a nation under the control of the Palestine Liberation Organization in the Middle East. American-Israeli political commentator and journalist Sha’i ben-Tekoa told Accuracy in Media, “Starting with Chapter 2:1 of the…

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Why The Trans-Pacific Partnership is Dangerous

Congress, led by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), is preparing to betray American workers, and the grassroots should rise up and say “No, you don’t.” The secretive underhanded deal is called Fast Track, and that’s an appropriate title because, indeed, it puts Americans on a fast track to lower wages and fewer available jobs. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), one of the few Members of Congress who have actually read and studied Fast Track plus its companion trade bill called Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), has compiled a list of objections to it that are downright…

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How Did We Come to the ‘Me First’ Culture?

And I think this “look at me, I’m great” philosophy also provides much of the underpinnings of the gay-rights movement, which is becoming ever more aggressive. Just think about it: We’ve gone from “gay pride” parades that celebrate what used to be considered deviant sexual behavior, to threats against Christian business owners. The idea is, “I’m so great, you have to approve of me—or else.”

This attitude also may explain why people tend to be so easily offended these days. Self-worship never stops at self.

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Texas Senate Approves Bill Protecting Pastors Who Refuse to Officiate Same-Sex ‘Weddings’

by Marsha West

According to Christian News Network:

Church The Texas Senate has approved a bill that would protect pastors from legal action if they refuse to officiate same-sex ceremonies.

Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) presented S.B. 2065, entitled “Freedom of Religion with Respect to Recognizing or Performing Certain Marriages.”

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Daily Digest

May 15, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“[T]he executive and legislative branches of the national government depend upon, and emanate from the states. Every where the state sovereignties are represented; and the national sovereignty, as such, has no representation.” —Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833

ARMED FORCES DAY

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TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Obama’s Nuke Deal Gets Loads of Skepticism

Once Barack Obama signs his deal with Iran, that’s it. Re-imposing sanctions or striking down the nuclear deal will become very hard — even if Iran does weaponize its nuclear program. On Thursday, Congress passed its resolution watering down its role in treaty negotiation by requiring a 30-day review of Obama’s treaty before voting on it. Essentially, Obama’s deal can be struck down only by veto-proof majorities in Congress. Meanwhile, Russia announced it will not allow an automatic snapback of sanctions if Iran is found stuffing fissile material into missiles, and it can use its position as one of the veto votes on the UN Security Council to prevent such a diplomatic move. By doing so, Russia is currying favor with Iran.

Finally, Obama hosted leaders of countries in the Persian Gulf at Camp David Thursday, trying to assure them that this nuclear deal is in their best interest. But after reading the joint statement released after the meeting, Charles Krauthammer said, “That was a prepared statement for a summit that is meant to assure the Gulf Arabs that we’re not selling them out. That was a sellout announcement. … They should be terrified.” Another win for Obama.

The DOJ Is on a Mission to Stop Racist Pollution

Under the current administration, we’ve come to expect an ideologically activist Department of Justice that seeks out instances of pollution and racism and acts accordingly. But when the DOJ looks for instances where pollution itself is racist, the department veers into injustice. National Review’s Roger Clegg pointed out a DOJ publication that touted this approach in its spring edition. According to a memorandum issued by Bill Clinton during his administration: “In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, each Federal agency shall ensure that all programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance that affect human health or the environment do not directly, or through contractual or other arrangements, use criteria, methods, or practices that discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin.” That means if an organization receiving federal funds — like a city government — needs to somehow affect the environment, it needs to justify that it’s not racist to boot. Justice thus assumes that creating a landfill or creating a facility that deals with harmful chemicals in a certain location may have racist intent when in fact the intent may be purely economic. Furthermore, labeling neighborhoods “black” or “white” fails to take into account their evolution, as when they undergo white flight or gentrification. But never mind all this when social justice — rather than colorblind justice — is the DOJ’s ultimate goal. More…

No, Antarctica Is Not Experiencing Rapid Ice Melt

Antarctic sea ice is so expansive that researchers are exploring ways to avoid more embarrassing mishaps. Writing in The Daily Caller, Michael Bastasch says, “50 scientists have gathered in Tasmania to discuss more accurate ways to predict Antarctic sea ice levels so researchers don’t get stuck in ice pack when traveling southward.” So it was richly ironic when CBS News reported this week that “Antarctica is melting from above and below.” The article, which documents a new alarming study on how global warming is supposedly eating away at the giant ice cap, begins with an outrageous claim — “It’s no secret that ice shelves in Antarctica are thinning” — and warns that “warming air temperatures and warmer ocean currents together could explain why the Antarctic Peninsula’s floating ice shelves are losing volume and becoming more vulnerable to collapse.” The truth? As of Wednesday, sea ice extent was breaking the previous record high set just last year, according to data from the National Snow & Ice Data Center, and the trend for decades now has been a steady increase in areal ice coverage. In fairness, the exception is the western portion of the continent, where ice is lagging behind the 1981-2010 average. But averages are based on the whole, not cherry-picked portions of the data. This is nothing more than selective outrage.

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

The Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda Approach to Foreign Policy

By Michael Swartz

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As a leading GOP presidential candidate and brother of the former president, Jeb Bush had to know he was going to be asked about Iraq sometime during the campaign. That “sometime” came this week as Megyn Kelly of Fox News asked him whether, “knowing what we know now,” he would have authorized the invasion of Iraq. Jeb used the answer to both speculate that Hillary Clinton would have done (in fact, did) the same thing and declare that, “if they’re trying to find places where there’s big space between me and my brother, this might not be one of those.”

The blowback was predictable, and he quickly walked back his answer, insisting he’d misheard the question. He did seem to answer the “knowing what we knew then” version. Now he says flatly, “I would not have gone into Iraq.”

Needless to say, there’s been a lot of debate about the fitness of the younger Bush’s initial answer. Conservatives ponder whether he needed a better one, made “a rookie mistake,” or was exactly right. There are also those who thought the question itself was “completely stupid.”

Stupid or not, the question was bound to come up as a result of the ongoing mess we’re dealing with in the Middle East, and we now have over a decade of hindsight at our disposal. There weren’t the quantities of weapons of mass destruction everyone — even those who quickly pretended otherwise — originally believed were in Iraq. Intelligence estimates at the time were all George W. Bush had to go on, not “what we know now.” There was also Saddam Hussein’s established record of atrocities, belligerence and threats to U.S. interests. So, we eliminated a bloody dictator, the byproduct of which convinced Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi that he should abandon his own efforts at a WMD program.

Obviously, the “knowing what we know now” question is valid only as a hypothetical, since we cannot turn back the hands of time. But if we’re playing the hindsight game, we should also consider what the consequences of inaction might have been. Might Saddam Hussein now be a nuclear-powered menace? And might the region have already experienced its first nuclear calamity? We can only deal with the here and now, and the window of opportunity for taking action isn’t generally unlimited.

Indeed, as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger observed, “The analyst can allot whatever time is necessary to come to a clear conclusion; the overwhelming challenge to the statesman is the pressure of time. The analyst runs no risk. If his conclusions prove wrong, he can write another treatise. The statesman is permitted only one guess; his mistakes are irretrievable. The analyst has available to him all the facts; he will be judged on his intellectual power. The statesman must act on assessments that cannot be proved at the time that he is making them; he will be judged by history on the basis of how wisely he managed the inevitable change and, above all, by how well he preserves the peace.”

Surely the U.S. made irretrievable mistakes during the Bush years — primarily not fighting hard enough to win decisively quickly. The surge was all well and good, but it came years too late. And it likely will be many more years before any solution benefiting U.S. interests will take hold in the cradle of civilization. We didn’t call this the “Long War” for naught.

One thing that’s painfully evident from the last six years, however, is that Barack Obama is continuing to make irretrievable mistakes in Iraq. He squandered American blood and treasure with his foolish pullout, and then tried to revise the story by blaming George W. Bush. History will be the judge of his results, and so far the progress has been lacking to the point where we are nearly back at square one — albeit with different tyrants in charge. Would ISIL have arisen from al-Qaida’s ashes if Obama hadn’t abandoned Iraq?

That brings us to another “what if” question that begs to be asked of the American people: If we knew in 2008 what we know now, would we have elected such a woefully inept and inexperienced commander in chief?

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BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

OPINION IN BRIEF

Charles Krauthammer: “Fast-track authority allows an administration to negotiate the details of a trade agreement and then come to Congress for a non-amendable up-or-down vote. In various forms, that has been granted to every president since Franklin Roosevelt. … Obama wants a deal. But he has utterly failed to bring his party along. It’s not just because for six years he’s treated all of Congress with disdain and prefers insult to argument when confronted with opposition, this time from Democrats like Elizabeth Warren. It’s also because he’s expended practically no political capital on the issue. … This is the Republicans’ chance to demonstrate that they can think large by advancing an important strategic objective — giving substance to Obama’s as yet stillborn ‘pivot to Asia.’ I wouldn’t mind seeing Obama sunk by his own arrogance in intraparty fratricide over trade. But the issue is bigger than Obama. In 20 months, he will be gone. Asia will not. And it will get away from us if Republicans don’t step up and step in where Obama and the Democrats have failed.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” —Author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Non Compos Mentis: “If Freddie Gray’s killers walk you will see cops being killed in broad daylight. Many are being killed now. In self defense blacks must kill. If you can find the snake that bit you in the garden, any old snake in blue will do! Kill in self defense the one in blue who’s killing you!” —Dr. Mauricelm-Lei, a Black Panther and Ferguson organizer who describes himself as a “psychotherapist”

The annals of the absurd: “[I]f you look at the red-letter version of the Bible, Jesus was probably to the left of the Democratic Party.” —Howard Dean (Wrong. Jesus was not a socialist.)

Dezinformatsia: “I made charitable donations to the [Clinton] Foundation in support of the work they’re doing on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, causes I care about deeply. I thought that my contributions were a matter of public record. However, in hindsight, I should have taken the extra step of personally disclosing my donations to my employer and to the viewers on air during the recent news stories about the Foundation. I apologize.” —ABC’s George Stephanopoulos

Village Idiots: “We have to have jobs for young people. I probably shouldn’t say this in a room like this, but occasionally when I go home I’ll sit down with some of the gang leaders back home in Chicago, and I ask them … ‘What’s the biggest impediment to getting your guys off the streets?’ It’s jobs. So we need to think about what we do at scale to create those kind of opportunities for young people who just have to make some money, want to do it in a positive way, but in too many places they don’t exist.” —Education Secretary Arne Duncan

Late-night humor: “Even the White House is weighing in on the deflate-gate scandal. [This week] they encouraged Tom Brady to ‘be mindful of the way he serves as a role model.’ And then President Obama stuffed out his cigarette and went golfing at noon on a weekday. … They would’ve said more, but there was a drunken Secret Service agent streaking across the Rose Garden.” —Jimmy Fallon

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis!
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The Briefing

1) Mobile games take advantage of unwillingness to delay gratification among many players

Mobile-Game Makers Try to Catch More ‘Whales’ Who Pay for Free Games, Wall Street Journal (Sarah E. Needleman)

2) Consumer debt linked to encouragement of easy credit on disregard self-control

This Is Your Brain on Easy Credit, Wall Street Journal (Peter C. Whybrow)

3) Alabama considers empty promise of gambling to resolve tax shortfall

Alabama May Turn to the Gambling It Has Long Fought, New York Times (Campbell Robertson)

4) Gay couples object to likely requirement of marriage in order to gain health benefits 

Firms Tell Gay Couples: Wed or Lose Your Benefits, Wall Street Journal (Rachel Emma Silverman)
In other news…

House passes bill banning abortions after 20 weeks, CNN (Deirdre Walsh)

How wealthy kids’ use of social media sets them up for a more successful future, Washington Post (Crystle Martin and Mimi Ito)

An Abortion Ban’s Bogus Arguments, New York Times (Editorial Board)

What’s the Point of a Professor?, New York Times (Mark Bauerlein )
Firms Tell Gay Couples: Wed or Lose Your Benefits, Wall Street Journal (Rachel Emma Silverman)
The Morning After the Same-Sex Marriage Decision, New York Times (Linda Greenhouse)


School Orders Student To Remove “Offensive” US Flag From Truck

Posted: 15 May 2015 07:20 AM PDT

A school in South Carolina has come under fire for ordering a student to remove a US flag from his truck because it could “possibly” be offensive to some people. As reported by WBTV, 18-year-old senior Peyton Robinson was ordered to remove two flags by an administrator at York Comprehensive High School Wednesday. Speaking to reporters, Robinson noted that the official told him “‘We’re having some issues. Some people were complaining about the flags in your truck,’” and that the offending items should be removed before the student returned to school the next day. Worse still, Robinson says that a school official had even unscrewed bolts holding the flags to the truck, and laid them in the back “when I wasn’t even there.”

“That’s our country’s flag. I have every right to do it.” Robinson argued. “I don’t see a safety issue. I mean I understand it’s a big flag – it’s 4 by 6 – but nobody has ever complained about it being in their way or anything.” he added. The school officials then changed their story, suggesting that the flags constituted “safety concerns,” with the Superintendent suggesting they could block the view of drivers and cause accidents. It isn’t clear why school officials changed their story and suddenly took on the role of traffic cops. MORE

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Five more aftershocks hit Nepal as toll in fresh quake tops 100

Posted: 15 May 2015 07:01 AM PDT

Five aftershocks jolted Nepal today, triggering panic among the people as the death toll in the powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck the Himalayan nation two days ago climbed to over 100. Nepal was jolted by the quake on Monday just weeks after a 7.9 magnitude temblor had wreaked havoc in the country, claiming 8,151 lives and leaving 17,861 others injured. Five small tremors — measuring between 4 and 5 on the Richter scale –were recorded near Kathmandu as aftershocks continued to jolt the quake-affected region. A 5-magnitude quake struck at 0325 AM while a 4-magnitude quake was felt at 0905 AM with the epicentre of both the temblors at Dolakha district. Three other tremors were also recorded by National Seismological Centre here between 12 am and 0822 am with their epicenter mainly being in the Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk districts, situated to the east of Kathmandu.

However, no damages were reported from the temblors. The death toll in the 7.3-magnitude quake that struck Nepal on May 13 climbed to 107 with 2,563 others injured, according to the Home Ministry. The highest number of casualties — 51 people — are from the Dolakha district, situated 75 km east of Kathmandu. Altogether 211 aftershocks have been reported in Nepal after the April 25 quake temblor that left the country devastated with thousands reeling under the impact of the disaster. Meanwhile, a seven-storeyed building that had developed cracks due to the quake last month collapsed in Kalanki area of Kathmandu today. However, no casualties were reported in the incident. FULL REPORT

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Giant hailstones pound southern Germany – nearly a week after devastating tornado reported in the north

Posted: 15 May 2015 06:57 AM PDT

At least nine people have been injured and dozens of homes damaged in a hailstorm in southern Germany. There were reports of hailstones the size of golf balls in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Winds of up to 120 km/h (75mph) were reported on Wednesday night and residents near the Bavarian city of Augsburg spoke of seeing a tornado. Roofs were badly damaged, blocks of flats had to be evacuated and a local school had to be closed on Thursday.

Two people were taken to the hospital with severe injuries caused by lightning strikes. Seven more were hurt in Bavaria, where several houses in villages near Augsburg were no longer habitable. Authorities appealed for help from construction workers to repair the damage. “First it rained, then very briefly hail, then there was a whoosh and everything flew through the whole area!,” one resident told Bavarian media. German weather officials did not confirm claims of a tornado. One person was killed last week in northern Germany when a tornado swept through the town of Buetzow, near Rostock. EP

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136 Nations Recognize A Palestinian State – Only Obama Stands In The Way Of Full Global Recognition

Posted: 15 May 2015 06:37 AM PDT

Will a UN Security Council resolution formally recognizing the establishment of a Palestinian state be passed by the end of 2015? Now that the Vatican has formally recognized a Palestinian state, there is a tremendous amount of international momentum for precisely such a UN Security Council resolution. In fact, France plans to push really hard for one by the end of this year. At this point, the only thing that could derail those plans is Barack Obama. For years, the threat of a Security Council veto has been the one thing stopping a resolution from moving forward.

But now that Benjamin Netanyahu has been re-elected and has put together a cabinet that does not seem inclined to negotiate with the Palestinians, the Obama administration is pledging to “reevaluate our approach” and says that it will not “prejudge” what it will do if a vote comes up at the United Nations. And as you will see below, one news source is now reporting that behind the scenes Barack Obama has already given the “green light” for France to go ahead with a resolution on a Palestinian state at the UN. If this is truly what Obama plans to do, it will absolutely shatter U.S. relations with Israel and plunge the entire Middle East into chaos. Most Americans don’t realize this, but 136 countries already formally recognize a Palestinian state. Those 136 nations have a combined population of more than 5.5 billion people. MORE

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10 Pictures That Show How America Is Becoming A Lot Like Nazi Germany

Posted: 15 May 2015 06:32 AM PDT

The history books tell us about how evil and wicked the Nazis were, so why aren’t we more alarmed that the United States is becoming more like Nazi Germany with each passing day? More than three years ago, I wrote an article entitled “25 Signs That America Is Rapidly Becoming More Like Nazi Germany” which got a ton of attention. Unfortunately, nothing has gotten better since I first published that piece.

Government control freaks are still watching us, tracking us, recording our phone calls and monitoring our emails. TSA thugs at our airports are still fondling the private parts of our women and children and laughing while they do it. Our police and our military are still training for civil unrest and martial law in America. And even though our politicians are socializing our economy and destroying our constitutional freedoms, the American people keep sending most of them back to Washington time after time. It is an incredibly sad thing to watch the country that you love slowly die right in front of your eyes. At the heart of Nazism was a desire to control everyone and everything, and that is exactly what we are seeing in America today. Most of our “leaders” are psychotic control freaks that want to micromanage every aspect of our lives. FULL REPORT

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‘Game-Changing’ Development Threatens Saudi Oil Fields

Posted: 15 May 2015 06:29 AM PDT

Despite the presence of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt off the coast of Yemen, the Iranians succeeded in smuggling Scud B and C missiles to the rebels fighting in Yemen, Jordanian security officials told WND. The security officials described the possession of the missiles by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels as potentially game-changing and as a direct threat to the Saudi kingdom and its oil fields. While the Scuds have not yet been used, the Shiite Houthi rebels on Tuesday already escalated tensions with the Saudis when they fired rockets into Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, killing at least three people.

The rocket attacks marked the first time the Houthis targeted a civilian area in Saudi Arabia since the Saudis and a larger Arab coalition commenced airstrikes against the rebels last month. The Jordanian officials said the Scuds, if utilized, could endanger Saudi Arabia and potentially disrupt the global oil market. The rocket attacks came just as a U.S.-brokered humanitarian truce took effect Tuesday, the same day Iran reportedly dispatched what it describes as a cargo ship toward the Yemeni coast. Iran says its navy will protect the transport of the cargo ship. Also on Tuesday, the Saudi-led alliance bombed Houthi positions in the southern port of Aden in the run up to the truce. MORE

 

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First Warm-Blooded Fish In History Discovered

Posted: 15 May 2015 06:20 AM PDT

The car-tire-size opah is striking enough thanks to its rotund, silver body. But now, researchers have discovered something surprising about this deep-sea dweller: It’s got warm blood. That makes the opah (Lampris guttatus) the first warm-blooded fish every discovered. Most fish are exotherms, meaning they require heat from the environment to stay toasty. The opah, as an endotherm, keeps its own temperature elevated even as it dives to chilly depths of 1,300 feet (396 meters) in temperate and tropical oceans around the world.

“Increased temperature speeds up physiological processes within the body,” study leader Nicholas Wegner, a biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California, told Live Science. “As a result, the muscles can contract faster, the temporal resolution of the eye is increased, and neurological transmissions are sped up. This results in faster swimming speeds, better vision and faster response times.” The result, Wegner said, is a fast-swimming fish with an advantage for hunting slow, cold-blooded prey. MORE

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A Bible Was Found in the Rubble of a Texas Home Following a Tornado. But It’s the Verse That It Was Open to That Is Gaining Attention

Posted: 14 May 2015 09:14 PM PDT

After a tornado ripped through Van, Texas, over the weekend, killing a husband and his wife, neighbors of the deceased reportedly discovered something in the rubble that is bringing family and friends some comfort. A Bible was found in the wreckage near the home of David and Brenda Tapley — the sole casualties of the tornado, according to the Van Texas Tornado Recovery Facebook page. That Bible, which belonged to the Tapleys, was open to page 1,500, which includes James 1:2-6, verses that address how to handle life’s sometimes difficult struggles.

It reads, “My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.” The verses have reportedly brought comfort to the family, with AOL reporting that David Tapley’s sister wrote, “Thank you Jesus for your message,” in a Facebook post published following the couple’s death. The Tapeleys, longtime members of the Van United Methodist Church, were praised by fellow parishioners who said that the compassionate and caring couple will be greatly missed. MORE

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At 67, The Regathered Israel Remains The Gold Standard Of End Times Bible Prophecy

Posted: 14 May 2015 09:08 PM PDT

IT HAS BEEN 67 YEARS TODAY, SINCE ISRAEL WAS DECLARED THE JEWISH HOMELAND IN 1948.

This was an amazing fulfillment of prophecy. The cost of bringing His people home, was a great one – six million Jews murdered by Hitler in the concentration camps of Germany. But because of the Holocaust, Israel was reborn!

“Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come. Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” Ezekiel 11:16-17  

Satan wasted no time in wreaking havoc on God’s people. War against Israel has become a way of life. So many wars since 1948 — but the one that sticks in my mind more than the others was the 6 day war in June of 1967.

Fought between Israel and Arab neighbors Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, the nations of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Algeria, and others also contributed troops and arms to the Arab forces. Following the war, the territory held by Israel expanded significantly (“The Purple Line”) : The West Bank (including East Jerusalem) from Jordan, Golan Heights from Syria, Sinai and Gaza from Egypt. Israel was outnumbered and in reality should not have been victorious. But God defended His people and expanded His land. It was truly a miraculous war! MORE

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Texas Senate Approves Bill Protecting Pastors Who Refuse to Officiate Same-Sex ‘Weddings’

Posted: 14 May 2015 08:58 PM PDT

The Texas Senate has approved a bill that would protect pastors from legal action if they refuse to officiate same-sex ceremonies. Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) presented S.B. 2065, entitled “Freedom of Religion with Respect to Recognizing or Performing Certain Marriages.” “A religious organization, an organization supervised or controlled by or in connection with a religious organization, an individual employed by a religious organization while acting in the scope of that employment, or a clergy or minister may not be required to solemnize any marriage, provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges for a purpose related to the solemnization, formation, or celebration of any marriage, or treat any marriage as valid for any purpose if the action would cause the organization or individual to violate a sincerely held religious belief,” it reads.

The legislation also prevents faith-based organizations from being sued for declining to directly or indirectly participate in the event.“A refusal to provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges [under this law] is not the basis for a civil or criminal cause of action or any other action by this state or a political subdivision of this state to penalize or withhold benefits or privileges, including tax exemptions or governmental contracts, grants, or licenses, from any protected organization or individual,” it states. MORE

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New Pew Research Poll: Apostate “Christians” Leaving Church

Christian News Network (CNN) informs us that the current Pew Research Center report stated that mainline groups have experienced the greatest drop in numbers and “may have fallen by as few as 3 million or as many as 7.3 million between 2007 and 2014.” According to CNN, these groups include the “United Methodist Church, the American Baptist Church (U.S.A.), the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Episcopal Church— denominations that have largely been considered to be apostate by evangelical Christians because of their liberal and unorthodox stances on abortion and homosexuality.” The good news is that those who identify as evangelical Christians have declined less than one percent.

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The Catholic Church Has Gone Socialist

Berean Research has been reporting on Pope Francis’ move into socialism with articles such as Vatican to Recognize Palestinian State in New Treaty and Catholic Church Warms to Liberation Theology as Founder Heads to Vatican.


At 67, The Regathered Israel Remains The Gold Standard Of End Times Bible Prophecy

It has been 67 years today, since Israel was declared the Jewish homeland in 1948.

This was an amazing fulfillment of prophecy. The cost of bringing His people home, was a great one – six million Jews murdered by Hitler in the concentration camps of Germany. But because of the Holocaust, Israel was reborn!

“Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come. Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” Ezekiel 11:16-17  (KJV)

Satan wasted no time in wreaking havoc on God’s people. War against Israel has become a way of life. So many wars since 1948 — but the one that sticks in my mind more than the others was the 6 day war in June of 1967.

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Fought between Israel and Arab neighbors Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, the nations of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Algeria, and others also contributed troops and arms to the Arab forces. Following the war, the territory held by Israel expanded significantly (“The Purple Line”) : The West Bank (including East Jerusalem) from Jordan, Golan Heights from Syria, Sinai and Gaza from Egypt. Israel was outnumbered and in reality should not have been victorious. But God defended His people and expanded His land. It was truly a miraculous war!

“Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.”  Isaiah 43:5-7 (KJV)

Today, Hamas, Hezbollah, and now the horrific terrorist group which calls itself ISIS, are determined to wipe Israel off the map. These groups have no idea that Israel is there to stay, because God said so! Israel will always be a nation – God’s nation. This doesn’t mean that there will not be bloodshed. But it does mean that any attempt to eradicate Israel will be futile.

Jerusalem In Breathtaking High Definition

Antisemitism is at its highest point since WWII. It is sweeping Europe, and in America, the college campuses are filled with Muslim agitators, calling for students to support a boycott of any products coming from Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood funds most of these Muslim hate groups. ISIS is better received on most college campuses than Israel!

As Christians, this should not surprise us in the least. Satan hates the Jewish people. He knows that the Messiah, Jesus Christ, came out of the Jewish people. Satan loves to place hatred for the Jews in hearts of people everywhere. He hates Christians and Jews.

Last year, Operation Protective Edge took place in Israel. The world watched, as Hamas sent hundreds of rockets, streaming into Israel. Praise God that Israel had Iron Dome to intercept the rockets which would have taken many lives. When Israel decided that they must take out the command centers from where the rockets were launched, Hamas decided to place women and children in these locations. After repeated warnings by PM Netanyahu for the innocent civilians to vacate these areas, Israel had no option except to go ahead with the counter attack. Many times, the Hamas leaders would say that the areas were clear of civilians, and they were not. The Palestinian people are used as pawns by Hamas, just as the PLO used them.

Most of the world, and the U.N. declared Israel to be the aggressor, and they brought charges against Israel for “Crimes against humanity.” This is so far from reality— it is truly unbelievable.

Now, with the American government talking with Iran about their quest to be a nuclear power, Israel once again sees the possibility of an attack — but this time, a nuclear attack. Our president has disdain for Israel, and doesn’t choose to hide it. When PM Netanyahu came to address our Congress, President Obama would not see or talk with him. Instead, Obama sent a group of political agitators over to Israel to interfere with the elections. Obama’s goal was to insure that PM Netanyahu would be defeated.

God had other ideas, Netanyahu not only won the election, but by a landslide!

So, here we are, 67 years after the rebirth of God’s Nation. Isn’t it amazing that we (Christians) know things about the future because our God has told us in His Word?!

We love Israel. We support Israel. Those who teach Replacement Theology are completely duped. RT is the belief that the Church replaced Israel in God’s plan and in His heart. That is a lie from the pit of hell. The Church is the Church and Israel is Israel!!

AM YISRAEL CHAI. THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL LIVE!!

Shalom b’Yeshua
MARANATHA!

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Homosexual teacher reads “gay fairy tale” to 3rd graders

No note went home, no calls were made. Now parents in Efland, North Carolina are understandably outraged to learn that their 8 and 9-year-olds’ homosexual teacher decided to read a gay fairy tale – that the assistant principal gave him – to the youngsters. Said one parent, “People have been gay for years. People have […]

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“Psst … Lectio Divina … your mysticism is showing.”

One of the most pervasive of all the Contemplative, er, Contemptible Prayers, is a little practice called Lectio Divina. It comes to us via the ancients of the Catholic monks, and no longer sneaks in the back door of our churches – it marches down the center aisle and sits in the front pew. On […]

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Christian Headlines Daily – Friday, May 15, 2015

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Top Headlines

10 Homeschool Children Taken from Kentucky Parents for Off-the-Grid Lifestyle

Vatican Decision to Recognize Palestine Upsets Israeli Government, Jewish Advocacy Groups

Pastor’s Children Gives Bully a Bible, Bully Apologizes for Harassment

House Approves 20-Week Abortion Ban Legislation

Report: At Least 5,000 Catholics Killed by Boko Haram in Nigeria

Chinese Province Removes Hundreds of Crosses from Churches

Christian Blogger Jefferson Bethke Endorses God-Hating Macklemore

Pakistan Church Planters Receive Death Threats

ISIS Gives Glory to God for ’43 Apostates’ Killed on Bus

Human Trafficking Thrives in Thailand

Opinion

What Does it Mean to Affirm the Church?

Amtrak Derailing and the Threat of Terrorism

Research Claims Americans Would Rather the President be Gay than an Evangelical Christian

Good News for Born-Again Christians

What the Western Church Can Do about ISIS


Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner?


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon

Our Time is Short

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With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

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May 15, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Christian Blogroll Collection

May 11 Quotes


Is Judging a Sin?

I have been pondering the “judge” term as it’s used in our culture. I think we fear committing the sin of judging. But is it the judging we are supposed to avoid — the evaluating a person’s actions and determining if they are right or wrong? I don’t think it is. I think what we should avoid is being haughty when we realize that a person is doing wrong. As I examine myself, I feel this is what is in my head: there is a temptation to feel superior to the person who is in sin. That’s where I feel the danger lies, at least for me.

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The “Least of These” Are Not the Poor But the Christian Baker, Photographer, and Florist

Have you ever heard someone say, “I like Christ. I just don’t like Christians.” Jesus says that if you don’t like his disciples—if you reject them—you are rejecting Him. There is no version of Christianity that allows you to follow Christ while mistreating His body. And it won’t matter how much you profess your love for Christ if you reject and mistreat his body.

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Wanted: A Teaching Church

The Bible is the Word of God. All Bible-believing evangelical churches affirm this. In historic Protestantism, there is a theology of the Word that not only professes sola Scriptura but also professes the sufficiency of Scripture for all things concerning doctrine, worship, and godliness. What the church of the twenty-first century needs to be is a teaching church that plainly and powerfully proclaims the Word of God. Then the church will be equipped to fulfill its task in the world to worship and to witness to that world.

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Is Christianity Dying?

People who don’t want Christianity, don’t want almost-Christianity. Almost-Christianity looks in the mainline like something from Nelson Rockefeller to Che Guevara at prayer. Almost Christianity, in the Bible Belt, looks like a God-and-Country civil religion that prizes cultural conservatism more than theological fidelity. Either way, a Christianity that reflects its culture, whether that culture is Smith College or NASCAR, only lasts as long as it is useful to its host. That’s because it’s, at root, idolatry, and people turn from their idols when they stop sending rain.

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The Sin of Ham

We are faced with two temptations in dealing with our fathers, whether our biological fathers or our fathers in the faith. Particularly regarding our fathers in the faith, the one temptation is hagiography, treating them as if they were perfect and had no sin. The other is to focus in their sin alone, as if those shortcomings defined the man. I’ve been guilty of both of these, and no doubt those temptations are constant.

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Is the Original Text of the New Testament Lost?

In other words, it is possible (and perhaps even likely) that some of the earliest copies of the New Testament we posses may have been copied directly from one of the autographs. And, if not the autographs, they may have been copied from a manuscript that was directly copied from the autographs. Either way, this makes the gap between our copies and the autographs shrink down to a rather negligible size.

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“All Things” – Do We Really Believe It?

Has God kept these promises? Yes, in Christ! So, if God has kept every promise in Christ, He will keep every promise made in Christ. Some days, life seems unbearably painful and confusing. Some days the world seems to be spinning out of control. Some days, I wonder how the sin in my own heart will ever truly be vanquished.

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What to Do About Moralistic Therapeutic Deism?

Dean posits a false dichotomy when she insists that the purpose of instruction in the faith “is not primarily to foster beliefs about Jesus but the cultivation of trust in him.” She has little use for apologetics upholding the truth of the Gospel. Instead the Princeton professor favors a kind of Christian testimony that “neither dissects an argument, nor makes one; it is more inclined to sing.”

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The Narrow Christian Path

Jesus taught us the path to eternal life was narrow and that few find it. Along both sides of the narrow path are numerous distractions and dangers lurking to pull us away from God and His eternal Word of Truth. And if we take our eyes off the path we could easily stray off it […]

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A Queer Entanglement

by Terrell Clemmons

The Codependent Conjunction of “Gay Christians” and the Gay-Affirming Church When Harvard sophomore Matthew Vines came out to his parents over Christmas break, both of them affirmed their unconditional love for him right away. But the news was hard for everyone. As Christians, they believed the same thing the church has held for 2000 years […]

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Homosexual teacher reads “gay fairy tale” to 3rd graders

No note went home, no calls were made. Now parents in Efland, North Carolina are understandably outraged to learn that their 8 and 9-year-olds’ homosexual teacher decided to read a gay fairy tale – that the assistant principal gave him – to the youngsters. Said one parent, “People have been gay for years. People have […]

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“Psst … Lectio Divina … your mysticism is showing.”

One of the most pervasive of all the Contemplative, er, Contemptible Prayers, is a little practice called Lectio Divina. It comes to us via the ancients of the Catholic monks, and no longer sneaks in the back door of our churches – it marches down the center aisle and sits in the front pew. On […]

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The Death of Western Universities

by Bill Muehlenberg

There is no question that contemporary education in the West is in a bad way. The crisis in our classrooms, especially at the university level, is simply indicative of the moral crisis in the West. Moral relativism, political correctness, and the hegemony of secular left ideology is destroying our educational system.

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Boys: slip on a dress and you can join the Girl Scouts!

Girl Scouts isn’t just for girls anymore. But then again the Feminist Movement has been trying to blur and eliminate gender lines for decades. Now the Girl Scouts of America has changed its policy: Boys dressing as girls can join them for weekly meetings, campouts, changing, sleeping arrangements, and other travel-related activities and any other […]

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The Next Grand Idiocy: ‘Microaggression’

by Marsha West

Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, gives us a heads up on what the future holds for conservatives and Bible-believing Christians if liberals have their way. Unfortunately they often do these days. It has become clear that liberals, academics and unions are hell bent on destroying the lives of anyone who refuses to adopt their warped belief system. In this piece Duigon […]

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Three Reasons I’m Encouraged by American Evangelicalism

by Landon

Psalm 135:6 [ESV] Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.

We live in a time where it seems as though American Evangelicalism is purposely doing whatever it can to undermine the authority of scripture and the sovereignty of God. Seeker-sensitive mega churches and their pastors are growing herds of false converts who have no idea what the true Gospel of Jesus Christ is and mistakenly think the Bible is about themselves and their temporal comfort and happiness. I’ve written about these issues at length and there remains an endless cesspool of material from which to choose a suitable Biblical discernment article. I should add, brother Tony Miano does an excellent job of addressing the many failures of American Evangelicalism every so often on Twitter.

In other words, it’s easy to find a celebrity pastor or conference speaker who is espousing a doctrine antithetical to the Gospel and address their errors. It’s not so easy to find reasons to be encouraged amongst the chaos. Further, one thing I’ve learned in a little over a year of blogging is that articles lacking provocation, especially in regards to a popular personality, do not get very many clicks. This then begs the question, am I writing and podcasting in order to espouse Truth and share the Biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ or am I seeking the adoration of fellow fallen men and those to whom I hold in high esteem?

If I’m being honest with myself, I don’t think I’ll always like my answer to that question.

[alert heading=”Divine Providence?” type=”info” close=”true”]Interestingly, literally in the middle of writing this article, Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith graciously shared one of my past articles regarding Jefferson Bethke. It has caused the sort of dust-up between Christians for which this article is intended to be a respite. There are no coincidences.[/alert]

With that in mind, the challenge I placed before myself was to pray about and come up with three reasons why I am encouraged about the future of American Evangelicalism. While this was a most difficult exercise, it was indeed cathartic. I pray it is edifying and uplifting to my brothers and sisters in Christ who may also be grieving the current state of American Evangelicalism on a daily basis.

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Emergent Catalyst conference says it’s time to “awaken your wonder”

by Berean Researcher

Catalyst, the premiere mega-conference for Emergent Church Leaders, is sending a curious message to potential attendees of its next Atlanta conference Oct. 7-9: We are hardwired for wonder. Just as the wonder of the world points to God, a sight unseen, so too should our acts of creation bridge the gap between what is and […]

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Ed Young at Code Orange – Revisited

Ed Young at Code Orange - Revisited

You are about to see Ed Young acting very strangely. We thought it might be helpful for you as a follow up to “Ed Young is ‘Donkey Wrong’ with ‘Hee Haw'”, in order to understand just how much deception into which people at Fellowship Church are caught up. If you are someone who remembers this video from a few years ago, feel free to be appropriately disgusted again.

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Ergun Caner and Jill Caner file for divorce – Ergun seeks restraining order

Psalm 12 Outreach has obtained documents showing that divorce and child custody proceedings have been filed in Parker County, TX, on 4/9/2015, between Ergun Caner and Jill Caner.


“What Women Need Most for Better Bible Study”

Jen Wilkin is a Bible teacher of women who has also recently authored a book called Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds. It has been reviewed positively from several different quarters, for example,

9Marks reviewed her book here

Tim Challies reviewed her book here

I have not personally taken any of her in-person or online studies, but I did order her book last night. What got me interested is that a 6-month old clip from a conference in which Mrs Wilkin was an invited speaker surfaced. I loved what she had to say about what women need when studying the word. I say, hear hear, especially to #3.

The clip is 9-minutes. Please share with pastors and leaders and elders and deacons.

For those who can’t stream video, here is a short synopsis:

1. Women need better definitions about what Bible Study is, and what bible study isn’t. It is not a devotional and it is not topical. Have you ever seen a devotional on Leviticus? No. If we only study devotionals we will only get a skewed view of God and only learn about topics we personally like. Devotionals are not Bible study.

2. Women need better resources. Resources that focus on who God is, first, and who we are, second. We need resources focusing less on us and more on studies that teach us about who God is. Too many studies, topical books and devotionals open with asking questions like “Who are we before God?” when the real question is “Who is God, and THEN we will know who we are before Him.”

2a. We need resources that target the mind and not solely the emotions. When the verse that says “Love God with all your soul, strength, heart, and mind, it means women too. Our intellect should be engaged in the pursuit of the knowledge of God.

2b. We need resources that train us to do the work. We need to learn how to be better students of the Bible so that at the end of it we feel more comfortable opening the bible without study aids rather than less comfortable. Too many current studies make women feel less confident of studying His word.

3. We need better leadership support. Women flourish in the church when men care about women flourishing in the church. If you’re a church leader, educate yourself on the kinds of studies that your women are doing, caring about what is going on with over half of the people who fill your seats on Sunday.

I have very recently written about how good it feels as a woman to see a Pastor taking the time to delve into popular women’s Bible Studies and make a learned determination as to their edification level. I said that Pastor Hull, a Lutheran Pastor who researched Beth Moore, had spoken gently but firmly to his flock about the unworthiness of Moore’s teachings. He said that only one or two ladies were upset, but none left the church. In the end, he said, they understood his role is to make these kind of calls. I agree with Wilkin that women DO flourish when Christian men in church take an interest in their studies and gently but authoritatively assess and decide.

Jeff Maples wrote a very good essay called “The Rise of the Feminine Church of Eden” in which he charged the men with their part in the women usurping male roles, drifting off into poor theology of emotionalism and romanticism of the kind of books that Sarah Young and Ann Voskamp write. Maples said,

I would suggest that Christian men turn off the televisions, open a Bible, and learn how to step up and be a man. Pay attention to your wives. Your wife needs your affection, your love and your acceptance, but she also needs your guidance. You must be able to provide her with guidance. Your problem is you care more about who your NFL team is drafting than you do about your wife sitting in her bed reading Jesus Calling while looking for some kind of affection.

Please take a listen to Mrs Wilkin above.

Here is Tim Challies with a page of recommendations of studies for Women.

Bless you all. Men, we need you to guide us. Women, we need to choose Bible studies that engage the mind. Once the mind is illuminated and refreshed with knowledge of Who God is, the emotions of loving God and being in awe of Him will follow!

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Encouraging & Equipping Our Young People (Part 1)

From VOICE, May/Jun 2015. Used with permission.

Raising teens to become faithful Christian adults has never been easy. Like all of us, our children enter this world as sinners with hearts that must be transformed by the Holy Spirit.


The Next Time Life Has You in the Waiting Room

I hate waiting. We all do. Waiting for God to move can feel especially uncomfortable. When I’ve prayed and do not yet see God’s hand at work, I tend to get squirmy. Did He hear me? Will He answer? Will these circumstances ever change?

Despite our culture’s efforts to eliminate waiting from daily life (think ATMs, pay at the pump, and drive-through windows) inevitably life sticks in the waiting room. Because we serve a God who operates on His timetable, not ours, waiting is a by-product of our prayer lives as well.

Maybe you’re in the waiting room:

  • Waiting for God to heal your physical body
  • Waiting for God to bring you a spouse or a baby
  • Waiting for God to work in your church
  • Waiting for God to bring a prodigal child home
  • Waiting for employment
  • Waiting for reconciliation

Yep, I’m in the waiting room too these days. But, I’m determined not to spend this time kicking and screaming. I want to wait well. I don’t want to waste the waiting.

An Expert Waiter

Moses was an expert waiter. First, he waited to be rescued as a wee babe in a bulrush basket (Ex. 2:2). Perhaps he was too small to remember that moment of waiting, but it was a glimpse of how the rest of Moses’ life would go.

After murdering a man, Moses fled his home and family to the foreign land of Midian. He waited there for forty years (Acts 7:30). He spent four decades waiting for something to happen or for news that he could return safely home. Something did happen. Moses encountered the voice of God booming from a burning bush (Exodus 3:2). The wait was over! He had a mission.

But he found himself in the waiting room again soon, waiting for Pharaoh to let his people go. Once that wait was over, he wandered with God’s people in the desert for another forty years, waiting to enter the Promised Land. In total, Moses spent at least eight decades waiting for the Lord. He died at the age of 120 (Deut. 34:7), meaning he spent more than 60% of his life in the waiting room.

As we look at his life, here are ten lessons we can learn about how to wait well.

1. Be Content

After finding himself in a strange land with no family or possessions, Moses was invited to live with the Midianite priest and his family. I doubt the situation was perfect. But Moses chose contentment.

“And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah” (Ex. 2:21).

You have a choice. You can wait with great anxiety, fear, and frustration. Or you can wait with contentment. Here’s a visual. Think of the last time you sat in the waiting room at the pediatrician’s office. Since I have three young boys, that’s a stop I make about as often as the post office.

There are two kinds of waiters in that waiting room. There are the children who scream and cry and dump toys. And there are the children who snuggle close to their mommies or quietly wait (thanks to the help of the Disney app on their daddy’s iPhone). Both kinds of kids have to wait. The kid throwing a fit doesn’t get in to the doctor any sooner than the one who isn’t. But believe me, as a mama who has waited with both kinds of kids, the waiting feels infinitely longer to the distraught kid (and his parents!).

You don’t have to be happy about the waiting, but you can choose contentment.

First Timothy 6:6 reminds us, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”

2. Love Your Own Family Well

Moses’ forty years in Midian were not unproductive years. He had two sons during that time (Acts 7:29) and devoted himself to caring for them and their mother.

This is a simple, yet effective, action plan for waiting well. Take care of your tribe. Love your children and grandchildren. Serve your husband. Don’t force them to bear the brunt of your anxious heart. Stop wringing your hands and get busy taking care of the people in your world.

“But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse that an unbeliever” (1 Tim. 5:8).

3. Work Hard

How did Moses spend his days in Midian while He waited for God to reveal the game plan? Did he pace the floors? Search the Internet for answers? (No, of course not. There was no Internet, but that’s often how we fill the waiting space, isn’t it?) Take matters into his own hands?

“Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God” (Ex. 3:1).

Moses was about to get shoved from the waiting room to the operating room, where God would give him a new identity and purpose. Moses was steps away from encountering the living God speaking from a burning bush. And what do we find him doing there?

He was herding sheep.

Training to be used by God is more likely to happen in the sheep fields than it is to happen in the palace. Especially when we are waiting for God to use us for kingdom work, we need reminded of the value of working hard and stewarding well the tasks He has already assigned to us.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Col. 3:23).

4. Intercede for Others

As Moses wandered in the wilderness, waiting for deliverance into the Promised Land, he prayed bold, powerful prayers for God’s people. (See Ex. 33:12-16, Num. 14:13-19). He knew the promised outcome, but he didn’t stop praying for God’s work.

As you wait for God to work in your own life, pray like crazy that He would move in others’. Your faith will be shored up by seeing God’s hand in the lives of other people.

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people” (1 Tim. 2:1).

5. Value God’s Commands

We all know the story of when Moses brought down the Ten Commandments on slabs of stone only to smash them out of anger for the people’s rebellion (Ex. 20:1-21). Moses was passionate about both God’s Word and righteous living. So much so, that he trekked back up the mountain to retrieve a second copy of the commandments from God (Ex. 34:28).

I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I am waiting on God I feel bitter about how He has called me to live. I don’t want to have joy in the waiting room. I want to pout. I don’t want to trust in Him when I cannot see Him, I want Him to reveal Himself. Frankly, sometimes I want to be the one to “throw down the tablets” in frustration.

Instead, I need to trek back up the mountain to be with the Lord. I need to ask Him to remind me of His priorities. I need to be about the business of living like He calls me to live. The waiting room reminds me that I serve a big God who does not jump through the hoops I set for Him. I should live according to His Word at all times.

6. Go to War Against Idols

In Exodus 32 Moses came down from the mountain (another waiting room) and found his people worshipping a golden calf. His reaction to this idol was not passive.

“He took the calf that they had made and burned it with fire and ground it into powder and scattered it on the water and made the people of Israel drink it” (Ex. 32:20).

Throughout the exodus Moses was diligent about purging idolatry from his people. The waiting room has that effect. Often, waiting exposes idols in my own heart. As my heart gets squirmy, I often come face to face with the fact that I am looking to something other than God to meet my needs. Then I have to swallow my pride, which tastes about as bitter as the powdered gold Moses’ made His people drink, and repent. Because of this pattern, I have found the waiting room to often be a gift. It is there that God does business with my heart. It almost always hurts, but the end result is a heart more devoted to God. If waiting makes your heart go wild, ask the Lord to reveal any idols you may have settled for.

7. Celebrate!

Moses’ people did lots of wandering, but they also did plenty of partying.

“On the day of your gladness also, and at your appointed feasts and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings. They shall be a reminder of you before your God: I am the LORD your God” (Num. 10:10).

Even in the waiting room, God has given you much to celebrate. Instead of focusing on all that He has not done yet, rejoice about all He has already done for you.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice” (Phil. 4:4).

8. Keep Your Eyes on the Promised Land

What has God promised you? Even if He has not delivered yet. Even if the finish line is nowhere in sight, you can take His promises to the bank. Moses knew that and spoke these words,

“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations” (Deut. 7:9).

Moses knew what it was like to wait. He waited longer and more often than I ever have, but all of that waiting didn’t weaken his faith. It strengthened it. In the end, he decided God is faithful. We can trust Him to take us where He has promised He will.

9. Seek God

One phrase Moses uttered over and over in the wilderness was, “Let me ask the Lord.” He was constantly double-checking with God that they were headed in the right direction. As you wait, seek God often. Read His Word. Squeeze your desires and plans through them and make sure you are headed in the right direction.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt. 6:33).

10. Enjoy the Journey

While Moses waited for God to deliver His people into the Promised Land, he saw:

  • God change Pharaoh’s heart
  • God part the Red Sea
  • Food rain from heaven and water spout from rocks
  • Clothing and sandals that did not wear out for forty years
  • A pillar of fire led Moses by day and a cloud of smoke by night
  • By God’s power alone, somewhere in the neighborhood of two million people survived in the desert for forty years. Moses had a front row seat.

God may not be doing the one thing you want Him to do at this moment, but He is doing a million things that He promises are working for your good (Rom. 8:28). Don’t get tunnel vision, honing in only on what has not happened yet. Widen the lens and see all He has already done.

Moses refused to try to manipulate God. He waited well and stayed ready to move when God called, and what a ride he got to take! As I wait, I want to be like Moses. Do you?

If you enjoyed this post, you may want to read “Are You Tired of Waiting on the Lord?

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5 moves to integrate theology into your ministry

1) Saturate your preaching and conversation with Bible truth.

If, as Paul says, those Old Testament stories were given to us as examples, then we should use them that way.


It’s What We Say, Not How We Say It

Making our arguments winsomely is important. But it won’t carry the day. That’s because, in the end, Christianity will remain a scandal in the world’s eyes.
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Short Answers to Big Questions: Week 11

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Do all good people go to heaven?

 

Nathan Betts of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries answers the question “Do all good people go to heaven?”.


Short Answers to Big Questions: Week 12

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Why did Jesus have to die?

Dr. Andy Bannister of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries answers the question “Why did Jesus have to die?“.


Emergent Catalyst conference says it’s time to “awaken your wonder”

Catalyst, the premiere mega-conference for Emergent Church Leaders, is sending a curious message to potential attendees of its next Atlanta conference Oct. 7-9: We are hardwired for wonder. Just as the wonder of the world points to God, a sight unseen, so too should our acts of creation bridge the gap between what is and […]

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Three Reasons I’m Encouraged by American Evangelicalism

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Psalm 135:6 [ESV]  Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.

We live in a time where it seems as though American Evangelicalism is purposely doing whatever it can to undermine the authority of scripture and the sovereignty of God.  Seeker-sensitive mega churches and their pastors are growing herds of false converts who have no idea what the true Gospel of Jesus Christ is and mistakenly think the Bible is about themselves and their temporal comfort and happiness.  I’ve written about these issues at length and there remains an endless cesspool of material from which to choose a suitable Biblical discernment article.  I should add, brother Tony Miano does an excellent job of addressing the many failures of American Evangelicalism every so often on Twitter.

In other words, it’s easy to find a celebrity pastor or conference speaker who is espousing a doctrine antithetical to the Gospel and address their errors.  It’s not so easy to find reasons to be encouraged amongst the chaos.  Further, one thing I’ve learned in a little over a year of blogging is that articles lacking provocation, especially in regards to a popular personality, do not get very many clicks.  This then begs the question, am I writing and podcasting in order to espouse Truth and share the Biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ or am I seeking the adoration of fellow fallen men and those to whom I hold in high esteem?

If I’m being honest with myself, I don’t think I’ll always like my answer to that question.

Divine Providence?

Interestingly, literally in the middle of writing this article, Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith graciously shared one of my past articles regarding Jefferson Bethke. It has caused the sort of dust-up between Christians for which this article is intended to be a respite. There are no coincidences.

With that in mind, the challenge I placed before myself was to pray about and come up with three reasons why I am encouraged about the future of American Evangelicalism.  While this was a most difficult exercise, it was indeed cathartic.  I pray it is edifying and uplifting to my brothers and sisters in Christ who may also be grieving the current state of American Evangelicalism on a daily basis.

1. Unity for the Biblical Gospel.

I do not believe I have ever seen so many Christians uniting over the Gospel Truth laid out in the Bible; men are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone (Eph 2:8-9).  While there will always be some percentage of evangelicals willing to partner with unbelievers (2 Cor 6:14), I’ve been encouraged by the growing number publicly decrying such ecumenism and preaching Biblical Gospel in its place.  Certainly we have areas in which we divide from one another, but there is a growing trend of tolerance toward those disagreeing on secondary issues without sliding over to full on Restoration Movement theology.

Pastor Joseph Rhea recently preached an excellent sermon on this very topic entitled Being of the Same Mind with One Another.  I would encourage you to have a listen.

2. Men are being raised up to boldly proclaim Christ.

As a faithful Bible-believing Christian, it’s not out of the ordinary to sometimes wonder if you’re the only true Christian remaining; which reminds me of Elijah in 1 Kings 18:22.  However, the truth is that we should not be discouraged as God is raising up faithful men to spread the Gospel each and every day.  Some of these men are high-profile and some are never noticed.  Either way, you are not alone and through the wonders of the internet, you can get encouragement from some of the more well-known of these men whenever you please.

This is anything but an exhaustive list, but if you want a good start, follow and learn from these men:

(Update: To be clear, first and foremost we should be looking to the Godly men in our own congregations boldly proclaiming Christ.)

3. Christian persecution is coming to America… quickly.

This may seem like an odd thing to include in an article about encouragement in American Evangelicalism but the truth is that persecution might very well be the best thing to happen to us.  There is great encouragement in persecution because it will cause the true church to rise to the top as those not really saved will no longer see it beneficial to proclaim something (Christianity) that they do not actually believe and they will walk away from the church.  Those congregations willing to stand up for convictions and Truth will become shining lights in a world of darkness.

Recently, on his daily radio program, Wretched Radio, Todd Friel asked a poignant question, “Does your church have a plan for the coming persecution?”  In light of this recent pew research poll, which says Americans professing Christianity are in sharp decline (of course meaning they were never Christians to begin with, John 10:27-30), many articles have been written and podcasts published that have fretted over the declining numbers of Christians in America.  This should not surprise us.

It is no longer profitable for a person to proclaim Christianity in our society.  Thus, those whose faith was never true to begin with no longer see any benefit of claiming Christ, and they drop the label.  Now, imagine when a state official is standing outside the doors to your place of worship asking for your social security number to ensure you do not receive government assistance, tax breaks, etc. because you’re a Christian.  How many of those lukewarm, professing but not saved Christians do you think will stick it out?  Little to none.  This is not something in which we gloat, rather, it will become easier to identify those who are currently within the church yet in need of evangelism.

Persecution of the Christian church in America is coming sooner than we think and it may very well turn out to be the best thing that’s ever happened to us.

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Let us not forget God is sovereign. (Ps 115:3, Pr 16:9, Gen 50:20, Rom 8:28, Is 40:23, 2 Chron 20:6, Ze 4:6)

Christianity may very well die in America, or at least no longer be tolerated.  We should take heart in knowing, however, that the one true church will never die (Matthew 16:18).  While it can be incredibly discouraging and disheartening seeing all the shenanigans taking place around us, we must rest in the Sovereign and know that His will be done.

Finally, dear brother/sister in Christ, take inventory of what you are feeding your mind on a daily basis.  Are you in the Word faithfully?  Are you feeding your soul with solid messages from faithful exegetes?  Do you ensure to read uplifting articles?  Sadly, too many of us well-intentioned Biblical Christians feed ourselves a steady diet of discernment articles and media only.  I know, brother, it’s because you love the bride of Christ and you long to defend her that you sound the alarm as the watchman on the wall and educate yourself to recognize when damnable heresies arise among your people (2 Peter 2:1).   I, too, fall into the trap of ingesting only conflict and that is simply not healthy.

There is no question that #AmericanEvangelicalism is a bullet train racing away from sound doctrine.  However, let us not allow ourselves to be so fully engulfed with discord that we fail to recognize encouraging signs cropping up around us.  It’s an issue I myself need to improve and I hope you’ll join me.

Be encouraged, brethren– faithful men of God are being raised up all over our nation.  We may lose all things temporal, but the Word of God will never die.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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The Five Most Common Mistakes Church Leaders Make When Leading Change – Rainer on Leadership #124

Podcast Episode #124

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Leading change is one of the most difficult things pastors and church leaders will do in a church. But it’s also one of the most needed things in many churches. So how a pastor or church leads through change will dramatically affect the results churches will have when changing. Today, we cover the five most common mistakes made when leading change. We also talk about elephants. Yes, elephants.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Many times, new pastors or leaders in a church make change before earning trust from the church.
  • Communication is not just telling others what needs to be done, but listening to them as well.
  • The more a leader listens, the more he or she earns trust.
  • When leading change, there must be a sense of urgency.
  • Bullet tests are often more beneficial in churches than a shotgun approach.
  • Fear is the last thing you need when initiating change in the church.

The five most common mistakes church leaders make when leading change are:

  1. Failure to earn trust.
  2. Not understanding the right pace.
  3. Failure to articulate the need and the urgency.
  4. Failure to form an informal alliance.
  5. Not launching new initiatives as a trial run.

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The “Selfie” Gospel is No Gospel

The “New Model” Gospel

An Editorial by Dr. Orrel Steinkamp

For over 50 years at least, a new message to call the unconverted to Christ has been inching it’s way virtually undetected into a dominant place among evangelicals.

25 years ago, Christianity Today (the official neo-evangelical organ) published an article by Robert Brow, a Canadian evangelical, called “Evangelical Megashift: Why You May Not Have Heard About Wrath, Sin and Hell Lately.” Brow claimed nearly 25 years ago that there was a “new model” emerging in evangelicalism. Brow’s “new model” sounded then, as it does now, as tired ole mainline Protestant liberalism. Turns out Brow’s article was a precursor to Clark Pinnock’s new open theism and the evangelical emergent movement.

But evangelicals who have not yet espoused open theism and emergent teachings, without noticing it, have apparently accepted Brow’s “new model” teaching about the reason for the death of Christ. The “old model” teaching of the cross is still in many doctrinal statements but a “new model” teaching of the cross has affected our hearts and so also our message. This hybrid/mutation has now found a secure position in evangelical gospel preaching. The appeal to the unconverted has gradually changed. It is now quite normal to suggest that Jesus died to rescue us from a life that “sucks,” and promises heaven to boot. What was completed at the cross when the Savior cried “It is finished” has now become a rescue from an unpleasant life we don’t like anymore.

This “new model” preaching of the cross to the unsaved has actually been around for a long time. I remember at least 15 years ago listening to a sermon by Franklin Graham. He was preaching a graphic sermon on hell. I was shocked when he made his call to the unconverted and, right at the point of the appeal, he slipped, without warning or hesitation, into a come to Jesus call appealing to a whole range of felt needs. What started out as a hell-fire and brimstone sermon turned into a therapeutic appeal.

How did this become an acceptable gospel appeal to the unconverted? Since when did Jesus die to give us a new start and escape the vicissitudes of life in a commercial society? Well! Surely there was a convergence of causes, but probably the arrival of the church growth theory of missionary evangelism brought it front and center. It began with Donald McGavern’s teaching of church growth. He appealed to human psychological needs in missionary evangelistic ministry. Later, Fuller Seminary began teaching Church Growth theory to missionaries on furlough. Finally someone said that this was not only good for missionary evangelism but it should be used as well in the good ole USA. Before we knew it, missiologist C. Peter Wagner and his student John Wimber were convincing everyone that the way to make the church grow was to appeal to the temporal needs of the unconverted, whether in New Guinea or New York. Before Wimber became famous as a signs and wonders evangelist, he traveled the USA teaching Church Growth principles to American pastors.

This felt needs gospel paved the way for the seeker sensitive approach to evangelism. It gave birth to Robert Schuller’s self esteem gospel. Schuller called for a new self-esteem reformation. I heard him make this call in Minneapolis. Rick Warren and Bill Hybels, trained directly by Schuller, demonstrated that you could grow huge churches if you appealed to the perceived needs of the people. Suddenly every church wanted to go mega or at least mini-mega. Well do I remember when our District Superintendent sent out the Church Growth book Unchurched Harry to every pastor. We were asked to go to classes on church growth. It wasn’t long till the marketeers were teaching us “the customer is king,” etc. Eventually Schuller died in disgrace, and Hybels converted his mega church to the latest rage of Catholic contemplative prayer. Presenting the cross as the solution to a life that “sucks” was here to stay, or till an authentic revival clears the deck.

For the last 15 years, I have given special attention to the “new model” call to the unconverted in evangelical preaching. Oh! Sometimes there seems to be a throw away sentence, usually one quick sentence reference to Jesus dying for our sins, etc. But when the real pitch comes it is normally an emotional therapeutic appeal. “You can have your best life now, aren’t you tired of your unsuccessful life, Jesus wants a relationship with you, and you can escape your failures and your unsuccessful life. Jesus died for this, because He loves you so much, and He wants to give you an abundant life, and He has wonderful plan for your life. He wants to give you a new start in the kingdom of God,” etc., etc. Now, if you preach this gospel you may indeed increase church attendance. But there is a price. The message must be adapted to the consumer. You are suggesting that Jesus can give what you desire the most and could not attain on your own. I have also heard these emotional appeals: “Make your impossible dream possible,” “One little yes can change everything,” “Your hopeless life can be filled with hope,” “The rut in your life can turn into a super highway,” etc., etc. Imagination is the only hindrance here.

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The Gospel Coalition: Advances Russell Moore-Flees from Gospel

moore_tgcThe Gospel Coalition, a network of evangelical churches founded by D.A. Carson, and Tim Keller, has been in a downward slide since it’s inception. While the original intent of the coalition seemed well, the accountability within the organization has been less than stellar. In other words, the members of the council of the TGC hold eachother to such a high regard, that any criticism of it’s members is looked at as malice. Besides Tim Keller, a well known evolutionist, who does not hold to the absolute authority of Scripture, TGC has aligned itself with many liberal members over the years. Members, such as Mark Driscoll, and James MacDonald, whose association with the organization has backfired, yet TGC has managed to stay alive and well.

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First Video of Romans 9 Debate Posted

Well, this really wasn’t supposed to be how this was done, but hey…I am really desirous of putting this whole experience in the rearview mirror. I am looking forward to my debate with Shaykh Mustafa Umar in SoCal on the 23rd, so I would really like to get this situation wrapped up. Leighton Flowers has posted his crew’s video of the debate. We were supposed to exchange files and stuff first, but anyway….RedGrace Media will be out with their version as well, and our plan now is to take the files from all three sources (the church, this video, and RedGrace’s video), and produce the “ultimate” version, using all available camera angles/sources. For posterity, obviously! 

I read a review of the debate by a Molinist today…it was interesting. Now if we can just get WLC to debate Molinism.

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OSAS And Ezekiel 18

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Q. My question is, how do you interpret Ezekiel 18:24 in the light of OSAS? I believe fully that the saved person can’t be lost, but wondered about this text. I have been greatly helped by your website, thank you very much.

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Unwalled Villages?

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Q. I’ve been reading someone’s articles on another website. He’s a great writer and I’ve learned a lot from him, so I wrote recently to ask his opinion regarding the issue of “un-walled villages”, Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39. He believes that because of the construction that has gone on outside the Old City that the “un-walled villages” requirement has already been met, making the attacks of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39 imminent. (Personally I think it’ll be Psalm 83–the Rapture–Ezekiel 38, but I’m only a layman–laywoman?) Do you have an opinion or clarification regarding this particular issue? Thank you so much for your continued faithfulness and guidance. continue reading


Social Avoidance Disorder?

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Q. I believe I have a serious case of social avoidance disorder (self diagnosed) and this has caused me to quit attending Church, work only from home, and have barely any contact other than e-mail with acquaintance-level friends. I don’t even like to be ‘bothered’ by family members. And it has only gotten worse over the last few years. I used to be very active in Church, was raised in a Christian home and was saved when young.

I wonder if this could be demonic oppression or not? I know for a fact I can’t be possessed, as a believer, but have you heard of demonic attacks in this form to keep someone from accomplishing God’s will?

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Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner?


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon

Our Time is Short

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May 15, 2015 Christian Persecution Update

Iranian court sentences two Christians to five years each in prison

The Iranian Revolutionary Court has sentenced two Christians, Ebrahim Firouzi and Sevada Aghasar, to five years each in prison for “action against national security through collusion and gathering”.


Operation Nehemiah: News Update #184

UK – UK Army rejects recruits fearing links to terrorist groups
A report revealed that in the past two years, the British Army has rejected 188 recruits after they failed the security checks put in place for recruits with links to countries in the Middle East, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Bangladesh.


Nigeria: At Least 5,000 Catholics Killed by Boko Haram

ICC Note: A new report says that militant Islamic terror group Boko Haram has displaced up to 85 percent of the Maiduguri diocese in northern Nigeria and more than 5,000 Catholics have been killed there.


NEWS | Boko Haram Survivors Now Face Severe Food Shortages

As Christians displaced by Boko Haram return to their homes in places such as Yola, Nigeria, their trials are only beginning. Where they once faced threat to life and limb, they are now looking down the barrel of starvation.


Daily Prayer – Thursday 14 May 2015

Indian Christians gathered in Delhi in February to protest against church attacks.


South Sudanese pastors face death sentences for encouraging Sudan church

In a hearing at the Khartoum Bahri Criminal Court in Khartoum, capital of Sudan, Pastors Yat Michael and Peter Yein Reith were formally charged on 4 May of several offences after they encouraged believers at a church in Sudan who have been enduring government pressure.


Christians in Sri Lanka Mark Day of Prayer and Fasting for the Persecuted

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Christians in Sri Lanka have will mark a day of fasting and prayer for the persecuted worldwide on June 7, the feast day of Corpus Christi.


U.S. Senate Urges Obama to Do More to Free American Pastor Imprisoned in Iran

ICC Note: In a unanimous decision, the United States Senate has passed a resolution to urge President Obama and his administration to take greater action on behalf of Saeed Abedini.


Al Shabaab Leaflets Warn of More Garissa-Like Attacks on Kenya’s Christian Schools

ICC Note: Somali Islamic terror group al-Shabaab is dropping leaflets in Kenya warning of future attacks on Christian schools inside the country, similar to the massacre at Garissa University College that killed 148 people April 2.


Radicals in India Attack Three Churches in Single Night

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Three churches located in Indore, Madya Pradesh, India came under attack by Hindu radicals several nights ago. Extremists threw stones at the churches, destroyed crosses, vandalized, and attempted to set fire to one of the churches.


Sister Diana Testifies About Suffering of Christians and Other Religious Minorities in Iraq

ICC Note: In a powerful testimony before Congress, Sister Diana a Dominican nun from Mosul, Iraq shared the realities facing her and other Christians in Iraq.


Shandong Court Holds Trial for Christians Accused of ‘Using a Cult Organization to Undermine Law Enforcement’

ICC Note: As noted in the New York Times on May 12, there is often a rush to judgment in the Chinese court system, often leading to collusion between prosecutors and police in order to produce high conviction rates.


Imprisoned Journalist Beaten In Prison For Conversion To Christianity

ICC Note: An Egyptian convert to Christianity continues to be held in prison on investigation of charges of blasphemy related to converting to Christianity. He has already been held past the legal 6 month investigation period and while in prison has been subject to physical and verbal abuse.


Women Working in Iraq Testify About Horrifying Genocide of Christians and Their Heritage By ISIS

ICC Note: As more than 3 million people are displaced inside of Iraq, four women working to preserve both people and history in Iraq testified before congress on the attacks they are facing, “the most brutal in our history,” Sister Diana told a hearing.


Nepal update: Barnabas delivers emergency relief to Nepalese Christians

In response to a massive 7.8 earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April, devastating entire villages, schools, businesses and thousands of homes, Barnabas Fund is distributing emergency food aid, water purification tablets, cooking utensils, hygiene kits, tarpaulins, clothing, blankets, and medicines to affected Christians across the country.


Pakistani Sunni extremists who shot dead 44 Ismaili Muslims threaten Christians

When Sunni extremists boarded a bus carrying Ismaili Muslims on their way to work in Karachi, in Pakistan, on 12 May, they gunned down 44 of the minority Muslim sect and injured a dozen more.


“Remember My Chains” – One Eritrean Woman’s Suffering and Ministry in Prison for Christ

The story of a modern-day Paul, redeeming her imprisonment for the glory of God, preaching the gospel for the salvation of Muslim inmates.

By Troy Augustine…


Muslims, Christians Clash Over ‘Martyrs’ Church’ Construction

ICC Note: In a village where 13 families had their loved ones brutally executed for their faith, the hostility is not just confined to the ISIS terrorist group, but their neighbors are also opposing them simply because they are Christians.


Growing Pains, Great Gains

ICC Note: Despite the well-documented persecution faced by the Christian church in China, its growth continues at a great pace. This article points out some of the growing pains faced by the church in China, and the need for solid teaching and discipleship for many of its new believers.


Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Have Murdered More Than 70 Christians in Plateau State, Nigeria in Past Month

By Troy Augustine

5/15/15 Washington, DC (International Christian Concern) – More than 70 Christians have been murdered in the past month in Plateau State, Nigeria, including one pastor.


Daily Prayer – Saturday 16 May 2015

Praise God that Pastor Tandin Wangyal has been released early from prison in Bhutan on 19 January after paying a fine.


Libya: ‘A Country Where Christians Shouldn’t Come’

ICC Note: Libya is a destination where migrants from all over Africa seek employment, many hoping to escape the economic hardships on the continent for greener pastures in Europe.

Is the End of the World Near?

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The question, “Is the end of the world near?” would conjure up a host of reflections and emotions in people. It would, no doubt, remind people of the recent natural disasters. It was barely two weeks ago when, on April 25, 2015, an earthquake which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale hit Nepal. As of today, the death toll stands at over 8,100, thousands are still nursing their wounds, and hundreds of Nepal nationals and foreigners are still reportedly missing and presumed dead. Even as I was writing this note, it was being reported that another earthquake of magnitude 7.4 on the Richter scale had just hit Nepal, with the death toll on this one being lower but still undetermined! There is not a day when there is no war in some place on earth. Earthquakes, tornadoes, forest fires, mudslides, hurricanes, tsunamis, etc., seem to be more frequent now than…

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ABC News anchor who defended Clinton Foundation donated $75,000 to Clinton Foundation

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White House Senior Advisor George Stephanopolous with President Clinton in the Oval Office Text at the bottom: White House Senior Advisor George Stephanopolous with President Clinton in the Oval Office

(Image source: Time Magazine)

The text at the bottom of the April 4, 1994 Time Magazine cover says: “White House Senior Advisor George Stephanopolous with President Clinton in the Oval Office”.

Whenever the story is media bias, the web site to go to is Newsbusters.

First article:

ABC news host George Stephanopoulos admitted Thursday he had donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation and did not disclose this conflict of interest to viewers before interviewing the author of a book critical of the foundation’s foreign donors and influence over Hillary Clinton at the State Department.

Stephanopoulos, a former Bill Clinton communications aide, interviewed Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer on the April 26 edition of This Week, where he pushed back against his reporting and Schweizer himself, repeating Democratic attacks that he had a “partisan…

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Physicist Michael Strauss discusses Christianity and science at Stanford University

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This is one of my favorite lectures.

The lecture:

Dr. Strauss delivered this lecture at Stanford University in 1999. It is fairly easy to understand, and it even includes useful dating tips.

Here is a clip:

The full video can be watched on Vimeo:

I pulled the MP3 audio from the lecture in case anyone wants just the audio.

Summary:

What does science tell us about God?
– the discoveries of Copernicus made humans less significant in the universe
– the discoveries of Darwin should that humans are an accident
– but this all pre-modern science
– what do the latest findings of science say about God?

Evidence #1: the origin of the universe
– the steady state model supports atheism, but was disproved by the latest discoveries
– the oscillating model supports atheism, but was disproved by the latest discoveries
– the big bang model supports theism, and it…

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We All Want the Crown, Few Want the Cross

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I was having a very interesting discussion the other day with someone who has been wrestling between the desires of this world and the call to follow Christ. After discussing it for some time I finally stated to the person, “so you want the glory of Heaven and the promises of Jesus, but you don’t want to follow Him now if it costs you anything.” They agreed (at least they were honest) and I have been pondering it ever since. It was one of those “lightbulb” moments where some mystery suddenly became very clear.

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” ~Matthew 16:24

At this point we may suddenly look to those who do not even claim to follow Jesus, but that is not who I have in mind. We know there are huge…

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The Fatal Flaws of the Renewal – Part 2

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So in my last post, I posted the first half of my notes from the second talk I gave at the Last Days Bible Conference.  I dealt with the first two (of five) “fatal flaws” in the Renewal, as organized by the acronym K.N.I.F.E.  The first two flaws were “Knavish Hermeneutics” and “Novelty Obsession.”  Again I’ve included a few hyperlinks to content that I didn’t pull out of books (and remembered to write down).

As a reminder, the five fatal flaws are foundational issues that are fairly widespread in the Renewal Movement.  If I were to nail the flaws down to just one, I’d point to the first issue regarding the hermeneutics (interpretation of scripture).  One might suggest that all the other issues flow out of that, but they’re still significant root issues for large numbers of people in the Renewal Movement.  Not every flaw is equally problematic…

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How to gauge the authenticity of a Christian leader or teacher or preacher or minister

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike  Ratliff

21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. 22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:21-23 NASB)

Was it just a couple of years ago that we were vociferously debating what was going on in the seeker sensitive churches all around us as they abandoned expository preaching, replacing it with topical sermons, entertainment, drama, dance, videos, et cetera? Things sure have progressed, or is it actually the opposite with the gospel contextualization having replaced all of that with the goal of church globalization within the framework of Dominonism? I remember some…

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